May 17, 2011
A witty, splendid novel about life in 16th Century France. I usually do not enjoy historical novels but this one has little history in it. It is mostly an account of the life of Colas Breugnon, sculptor, and his thoughts and reactions to conditions and events of the time. It is a splendid creation of a character that is unforgettable in his simplicity. Events happen, and he reacts: and yet it is infinitely fascinating. It is a mystery why this novel is so successful: it just works and comes together brilliantly. What an achievement for Romain Rolland.